Workers Issues in the US
By Ed Hightower, 16 December 2015
The layoffs are a familiar tactic designed to wear down workers so they will accept a sellout contract.
By Eric London, 16 December 2015
The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke with workers at the Toledo North Assembly Plant in Ohio who said anger is widespread over the impact of the new contract.
By John Marion, 15 December 2015
While human error was responsible for the incident, the old and decrepit equipment of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority played a significant role.
“Everyone’s eyes are opening up now that they are reading the contract”
By Shannon Jones, 15 December 2015
The United Auto Workers is holding so-called information meetings, starting today, with Saginaw, Michigan workers voting on the second deal Thursday and Friday.
By Kristina Betinis, 15 December 2015
While teachers have repeatedly demonstrated their determination to fight, the Chicago Teachers Union is opposed to any struggle against the Democratic Party.
By Jerry White, 15 December 2015
Facing a rebellion over efforts to push through another rotten contract, a UAW International executive took to Facebook to denounce autoworkers and the WSWS.
As details of new tentative agreement emerge
By Eric London, 12 December 2015
The UAW is working with Nexteer to trick workers into voting for a sellout deal that will ensure high corporate profits at the workers’ expense.
By Kate Randall, 12 December 2015
MFA management wants to implement a more “militarized” approach to museum security, utilizing ceiling-mounted cameras and video surveillance at the expense of personnel.
By Eric London, 11 December 2015
Nexteer management has fired up to 30 workers at its Saginaw, Michigan complex in a move to break the resistance of the rank and file to a new UAW-backed concessions deal.
By Eric London, 11 December 2015
The day after ramming through the sellout contract at Ford, the UAW sent out an internal memo to the UAW-Ford negotiators announcing a celebratory trip to South Beach on the workers’ dime.
“If you don’t put a stop to it now, it will never stop”
By Shannon Jones, 11 December 2015
Contract talks are in progress as the UAW continues isolation of the strike.
“If we as workers were to stand up, what kind of a statement would that make worldwide?”
By Eric London, 10 December 2015
Workers at Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw, Michigan denounced the UAW for calling off a 20-hour strike without telling workers anything about the alleged new tentative agreement.
By our reporters, 10 December 2015
The WSWS spoke to strikers in Saginaw before the UAW called off the 20-hour strike, ordering them back to work without a chance to vote on a new deal.
“Your resolve to stand up… is something to be admired”
By our reporters, 10 December 2015
As Saginaw, Michigan auto parts workers face the combined forces of Nexteer and the UAW, workers at Ford pledged their support and called for a common fight.
By Jerry White, 9 December 2015
With consummate contempt for workers, the UAW ordered Nexteer strikers to return to their jobs less than a day after the walkout began and before they could see the new agreement.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 December 2015
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke to workers prior to an announcement late on Tuesday that the UAW was calling off the strike.
By Gabriel Black, 9 December 2015
The fifth largest mining corporation in the world, Anglo American, will reduce its workforce by 63 percent in response to low commodity prices and a stagnating global economy.
The way forward for Nexteer workers
By Jerry White, 8 December 2015
The striking Nexteer workers deserve and need the support of all autoworkers and every section of the working class in the US and internationally.
By Eric London, 8 December 2015
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke to a Ford worker in Louisville, Kentucky on the struggle at Nexteer and the lessons of the contract fight at the Big Three auto companies.
8 December 2015
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By our reporting team, 7 December 2015
An overwhelming 97 percent of workers at the former GM complex in Saginaw, Michigan defeated the deal, which maintains poverty level wages.
By Samuel Davidson, 7 December 2015
US steelmakers are using the slump in demand and falling prices to push for massive concessions and the destruction of many thousands of jobs.
By Jerry White, 4 December 2015
There is widespread opposition to the UAW’s effort to impose yet another concessions contract on 3,400 auto parts workers at the Nexteer complex in Saginaw, Michigan.
By Shannon Jones, 3 December 2015
The pact between the United Auto Workers and the German labor federation is an alliance of corrupt bureaucratic apparatuses for the suppression of the working class.
By Samuel Davidson and Maria Kovalenko, 3 December 2015
Unions representing 39,000 workers at the US telecommunications firm continue to isolate their members as the company pushes for concessions and job cuts while arbitrarily firing workers.
By Jerry White, 2 December 2015
The UAW reached an agreement with Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw, Michigan, two days after sanctioning the closure of the Mitsubishi plant in Illinois, wiping out 1,250 jobs.
By Samuel Davidson, 2 December 2015
The steelworkers, who have been locked out of their jobs since August 14, had their health insurance eliminated on Tuesday by Allegheny Technologies Inc.
By Steve Filips, 2 December 2015
The upsurge in nuclear plant closures is being driven by lower energy prices due to the glut in the supply of oil and natural gas from the recent boom in fracturing.
“This is a great agreement for our company”
By Jerry White, 1 December 2015
Ford boss Mark Field told investors the new agreement with the United Auto Workers would cost the automaker less than 1.5 percent more per year, below the current rate of inflation.
By Jake Dean, 1 December 2015
All 97 of the chain’s locations in California, Arizona and Nevada were shut down last month.
By Shannon Jones, 30 November 2015
The business press is gloating over the fact that the new contracts imposed on autoworkers by the UAW are tailored to the needs of the auto bosses.
By Josh Varlin, 30 November 2015
The firing of Thomas Smith, which reflects the precarious existence facing millions of workers in the US, has received attention after his story went viral on social media.
By Shannon Jones, 28 November 2015
After pushing through sellout agreements at the Big Three, the UAW is planning similar contracts for parts companies.
By Evan Winters, 28 November 2015
Steelmakers ArcelorMittal and US Steel each took steps over the past month to shift health care costs onto the backs of workers or retirees.
“All our local union officials are ignoring us and hiding from us”
By Shannon Jones, 26 November 2015
It is nearly one week since the conclusion of the vote at Ford, and there has been no reaction by the corporate media or the United Auto Workers to widespread claims of vote rigging.
Thousands laid off as employment crisis deepens in Appalachia
By Naomi Spencer, 26 November 2015
In Ashland, Kentucky, 1,100 employees of AK Steel received notice that they would be laid off in mid-December, just before Christmas.
Form rank-and-file factory committee to carry forward the fight!
By Jerry White, 24 November 2015
The resort to fraud by the UAW has taught thousands of workers that the United Auto Workers is nothing but a corporate syndicate of cheap labor contractors.
By Jerry White, 23 November 2015
The resort to gangster-like methods has further discredited the UAW and taught workers that the only way they can defend their interests is by casting off the dead weight of this corporate-labor syndicate.
“The workers will never forget what happened here”
By Tim Rivers, 23 November 2015
Autoworkers reacted with disbelief, anger and profound skepticism to the United Auto Workers’ announcement Friday that its agreement with Ford had been ratified with 51 percent support.
By Joseph Kishore, 20 November 2015
Whether or not the UAW succeeds in securing or manufacturing a “yes” vote, the developments at Ford have once again exposed the unbridgeable gulf between the UAW and the workers it claims to represent.
By Shannon Jones, 20 November 2015
Ford workers in Dearborn, Michigan are casting the deciding votes on the national contract as the UAW pursues a heavy-handed last minute ratification push.
By our reporters, 20 November 2015
The forcible removal of WSWS Autoworker Newsletter reporters from a press conference exposes the UAW’s fear of and hostility to the workers that it claims to represent.
By Evan Winters, 20 November 2015
As the lockout of 2,200 Allegheny Technologies workers enters its fourth month, picketing workers denounced the USW for isolating and betraying their struggle.
By Jerry White, 19 November 2015
After Ford workers at two Louisville factories overwhelmingly voted “no,” the United Auto Workers held a hastily called press conference to threaten workers with plant closings and layoffs.
By James Brewer, 19 November 2015
The restraining order was issued by a Sheboygan County circuit court judge after the company filed a complaint charging that pickets were causing a traffic jam.
Video shows UAW officials grabbing cell phone, forcibly ejecting WSWS reporters from press conference
By Shannon Jones, 19 November 2015
The UAW’s thuggish actions against the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter reflect its hostility to the working class and its fear of any exposure of its conspiracy with the auto companies.
“It’s pretty obvious that the UAW is a pro-company organization”
By our reporters, 19 November 2015
Workers who rejected the sellout agreement at the Chicago Assembly and Louisville Assembly plants spoke with the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter.
By Eric London, 17 November 2015
The United Auto Workers rejects any struggle to unify workers in Mexico, Canada and the US in a common fight against the transnational auto giants.
“It’s terrible, a slap in the face”
By our reporters, 17 November 2015
Opposition to the contract at Ford is widespread, with at least 45 percent of workers voting “no” thus far, including 54 percent at the Kansas City Assembly Plant.
By Shannon Jones, 17 November 2015
On Monday, a huge crowd of strikers and supporters blocked traffic outside the headquarters of the plumbing, kitchen and bathroom supply company.
By Shannon Jones, 13 November 2015
Sterling Axle workers in suburban Detroit picketed a UAW information meeting to call for a “no” vote on the tentative agreement
By Shannon Jones, 12 November 2015
The UAW is attempting to rush through a contract ratification vote without giving workers time to analyze the agreement and mobilize opposition.
By Steve Filips, 12 November 2015
Kraft has four plants with 1,279 workers scattered throughout upstate New York of which three were slated to be closed.
12 November 2015
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter urges Ford workers to distribute this statement to fellow workers at the plants and upcoming contract votes.
“The UAW is a shill for the company”
By Jerry White, 11 November 2015
While falsely claiming to have created a “path” to traditional wages for second-tier workers, the UAW-Ford contract creates a third tier of workers at three plants.
By Evan Winters, 11 November 2015
Locked-out workers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. report that the USW is considering a plan to cut their grossly inadequate strike pay.
By Shannon Jones, 10 November 2015
The council rubber stamped the contract at a hastily convened meeting at the UAW-Ford National Program Center even before the final approval of the GM settlement.
By Jerry White, 9 November 2015
The UAW is seeking to rush through a new contract on Ford workers, finalizing its campaign to impose the dictates of the auto executives and Wall Street.
By our reporters, 9 November 2015
The UAW is moving quickly to force Ford workers to vote on a sellout deal, with the UAW Council meeting today and votes planned for as soon as this week.
By Joseph Kishore, 9 November 2015
According to the UAW’s bylaws, for a contract to pass it must be backed by both production and skilled trades workers, and the latter rejected the deal with GM by nearly 60 percent.
By Shannon Jones and Joseph Kishore, 7 November 2015
The announcement of a deal at Ford came the same day that the UAW reported that skilled trades workers had voted against the agreement at GM.
By Tom Eley, 7 November 2015
The crash in Arkansas underscores the highly exploitative nature of farm labor in the US, which is heavily dependent on undocumented and itinerant immigrant workers.
By Jerry White, 6 November 2015
Despite the all-out effort of the UAW to ram through the sellout deal, which will expand the two-tier wage system, large numbers of autoworkers are voting “no.”
By Shannon Jones, 6 November 2015
According to the UAW constitution, a contract must be supported by both production and skilled trades workers, though the union has simply overridden this requirement before.
By Eric London, 5 November 2015
Messages to the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter give a glimpse of the deep hostility of workers toward the UAW’s effort to ram through the contract.
By Jerry White, 5 November 2015
Fearing that a struggle by autoworkers will disrupt their lucrative relations with management, UAW officials are saying a strike would lead to disaster.
By Mike Stapleton, 5 November 2015
The report states that “the industry takes advantage of workers who live and work in a climate of fear.”
By Shannon Jones, 4 November 2015
Vote results show strong opposition to the GM sellout deal despite an all-out drive by the UAW to secure ratification.
By George Gallanis, 4 November 2015
The Janesville, Wisconsin, Assembly Plant, idled since 2009, will be permanently closed under the terms of the proposed UAW-GM contract.
By Adam Mclean, 4 November 2015
American Apparel announced earlier this year that it would be eliminating $30 million in “operating expenses.”
By Jerry White, 3 November 2015
After the defeat of its deal by Kansas City GM workers, the United Auto Workers has redoubled its efforts to push through the agreement.
“The UAW doesn’t give a damn about the workers”
By Shannon Jones, 3 November 2015
Workers at the subsidiary of General Motors are manufacturing workers, but they are not covered under the UAW-GM national agreement and earn inferior wages and benefits.
By Joseph Kishore, 31 October 2015
The parts workers at GMCH, who will receive even lower wages than second-tier workers elsewhere in GM, are intended to serve as a model for workers throughout the company.
By Shannon Jones, 31 October 2015
The snap vote organized by the United Auto Workers is an attempt to prevent workers from mobilizing opposition to the sellout agreement.
By Andre Damon, 30 October 2015
The rapid growth of mergers and acquisitions is an expression not of economic vitality, but of the rot and parasitism at the heart of global capitalism.
By Jerry White, 29 October 2015
The UAW-GM contract, like the Fiat Chrysler deal before it, is aimed at creating a permanently lower wage and benefit scale in the auto industry.
Workers have the right to study the deal!
29 October 2015
The United Auto Workers is seeking to give autoworkers as little as two days to study a new-four year deal announced Wednesday, modeled off the sell-out agreement pushed through at Fiat Chrysler.
"The company has had record-breaking profits on the backs of hard working men and women."
By Shannon Jones, 27 October 2015
The new deal covering 53,000 GM workers is based on the sellout agreement forced through by the UAW at Fiat Chrysler.
By James Brewer, 27 October 2015
The claim by Brenda Jones of the Detroit City Council that they were in the dark about the DWSD plan to lay off key employees is a lie.
Ahead of plans for 5,000 layoffs
By Kristina Betinis, 27 October 2015
CTU Vice President and ISO member Jesse Sharkey’s statements and actions in relation to the contract talks are indistinguishable from those of any garden variety union sellout artist.
27 October 2015
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By Jerry White, 26 October 2015
The tentative agreement between the United Auto Workers and General Motors announced late Sunday night will be patterned on the sellout contract the UAW rammed through at Fiat Chrysler.
By Shannon Jones, 23 October 2015
The UAW followed the landslide “no” vote three weeks ago with a campaign that combined lies, threats, the fomenting of divisions between workers and economic blackmail.
By Samuel Davidson, 23 October 2015
The lockout of 2,200 steelworkers by Allegheny Technologies Inc. has entered its third month and has now become longer than the 69-day strike at the company in 1994.
By Jerry White, 22 October 2015
The announcement of GM’s third-quarter profits comes as auto executives, the media and the UAW insist that autoworkers lower their expectations for new four-year labor agreements.
By Shannon Jones, 22 October 2015
Voting wrapped up Wednesday on the new contract between the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler amid widespread opposition and distrust in the integrity of the process.
By George Gallanis, 22 October 2015
Three weeks since the UAW and the company announced the ratification of a new six-year labor contract agreement, John Deere workers remain angry and suspicious.
By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2015
Despite a coordinated campaign by the company, media and the UAW, there is widespread opposition to the contract among FCA workers throughout the country.
By Naomi Spencer, 21 October 2015
With coal tax revenue “in free fall,” Governor Earl Ray Tomblin abruptly enacted $100 million in budget cuts by executive order.
21 October 2015
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter received the following letter from a worker at the General Motors Lordstown Assembly plant about the struggle of Kmart workers.
By our reporter, 21 October 2015
An autoworker at GM's Spring Hill plant expressed solidarity with Fiat-Chrysler workers, opposed the UAW’s second sellout deal and described conditions in the Tennessee plant.
By Jerry White, 20 October 2015
The new contract agreed to by the UAW is a deal between two business entities to restructure Fiat Chrysler’s global operations and divvy up the profits obtained through the intensified exploitation of the workers.
“The union uses scare tactics to threaten workers”
By our reporters, 20 October 2015
The basic aims of the second contract are the same as the first, including a permanent reduction in base pay and benefits by maintaining and expanding the two-tier system.
By James Brewer, 20 October 2015
The latest round of layoffs at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department are the outcome of measures imposed last year as a result of the city’s bankruptcy.
By Eric London, 19 October 2015
As workers examine the details of the contract, they uncover secret provisions aimed at attacking living standards and working conditions.
By Eric London, 17 October 2015
Alongside its propaganda campaign, the UAW is making all locals vote on the same two days to ensure that the “no” campaign has little chance of building momentum.
By Debra Watson, 17 October 2015
For current drivers, the starting wage will be $12.06 per hour, an annual income barely more than the official federal poverty level of $24,250 for a family of four.
By E. Galen, 16 October 2015
The goal of the union and the auto companies is to destroy guaranteed benefits for active autoworkers, just as they have begun to do with retirees.
By Eric London, 14 October 2015
The UAW has agreed to double the size of FCA’s temporary workforce, creating a large, permanent tier of low-wage, on-demand workers.
By Eric London, 13 October 2015
The UAW and its new propaganda firm, BerlinRosen Public Affairs, are pouring out one lie after another to counter opposition from FCA workers.